DA process

Development Approval Process

A wide range of activities are classified as development – from a new house to land subdivision to changing the use of a building.  Development does not necessarily involve construction work.

1. Do I Need Approval?
For larger projects you will require Council approval prior to starting any work; however, some smaller projects do not require Council approval.  Work that does not require Council approval, or development consent, is called ‘Exempt Development’. If your proposal meets all of the development standards then you can begin work immediately. If you cannot meet all the development standards then you will need approval.  There are two approvals processes you may apply for – either a Complying Development Certificate or a Development Application.

To find out whether your project is Exempt Development or Complying Development go to the Electronic Housing Code for more information.

Use the Electronic Housing Code to:

  • Investigate your development options for an individual site
  • Generate an exempt development report
  • Prepare your complying development application electronically
  • Lodge your application electronically
  • Monitor the progress of your application

What is the Electronic Housing Code?

The Electronic Housing Code (EHC) is an online system for the electronic lodgement of complying development applications under the NSW Housing Code for lots 200m2 and above. This system will also allow the user to determine if they are able to proceed with their development without further approvals, as an exempt development.

Armidale Regional Council is one of many local government areas involved in this project. Armidale Regional Council became involved in this initiative seeing the EHC as an important key step towards furthering our aims to make it easier for the public to navigate the planning system and the delivery of online services in addition to those existing, including DA Tracking. As an enthusiastic partner, the EHC demonstrates Council’s commitment to the community in making the planning process easier to use as well as being a leader in the delivery of timely and accurate building and development services.